OTISFIELD – Planning Board members have taken a proposed Christian camp on Saturday Pond off its agenda after the project’s applicant failed to appear at a regular board meeting where the project was on the agenda.

“It’s off the agenda until further notice,” board Chairman Rick Micklon said Wednesday. “The ball is back on his side of the court.”

Micklon said the applicant, Dan Simoneau, did not show up at a regular board meeting on Tuesday, although the Camp Manasseh project was on the agenda.

Simoneau, reached by phone at a number listed in Falmouth, declined to comment.

Micklon said Simoneau also has not provided documentation pertaining to the project that the board requested in October. Those documents included deed restrictions relevant to any Department of Environmental Protection submittals; a layout or design for a designated turnaround area other than a parking area at the end of an access road; a copy of a contract Simoneau has referred to that he supplies and requires from all groups, renters, and churches prior to their arrival; and a copy of any and all structure elevations.

The camp would be on Ahonen Road and would host individual church groups and possibly other events year-round.

Simoneau planned to construct three buildings on the property to provide housing for campers as well as dining and meeting space. One of the buildings was to shelter water tanks and power and phone lines.

Micklon had said in October that if the requested documents were received in a timely manner and they conformed to the town’s site plan review ordinance, the board should be able to vote on the project at its regular meeting in either November or December.

“Maybe he is running into roadblocks, maybe being able to get power to the site,” Micklon said Wednesday.

Micklon also said Simoneau probably doesn’t plan to begin construction until spring. “So he’s probably not in any rush,” he said.


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